The Importance of Sustainable Building Practices 

 April 20, 2022

With global warming such a hot topic and industries and businesses determining how they can reduce and reuse more, the building industry has also implemented sustainable building practices. But what does that really mean? And why are they so important? In this blog post, we will explore those questions and more. We will look at the benefits of sustainable building practices and discuss why it is so important to incorporate them into our homes.

What Is Sustainability?

Sustainability has been defined in many ways, but the most commonly used definition is from the Brundtland Commission, which defined it as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In other words, sustainability is about meeting our current needs without damaging or depleting the resources we will need in the future. There are three key pillars to sustainability: environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability. To be sustainable, a building must take all three of these pillars into consideration. It must be designed and built in a way that protects and preserves our environment, meets the needs of the people who use it, and is economically viable to build and maintain.

How Can We Implement This In The Construction Industry?

As the world becomes increasingly more focused on sustainability, it’s important to consider how we can make our built environment more eco-friendly. One way to do this is to incorporate sustainable construction practices into the building process. By using recycled materials, we can reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills. And by using renewable energy sources, we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Sustainable construction practices also help to create more efficient buildings. This is important because it means that we can use less energy to heat and cool our homes and businesses. In turn, this reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps to slow down climate change.

There are many other benefits of sustainable construction practices, but these are some of the most important ones. If we want to create a sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations, it’s essential that we incorporate these practices into the way we build.

The impact of sustainability is far-reaching, and its importance is only growing. As more and more buyers become aware of the need to protect our planet, they are increasingly looking for homes that reflect these values. 

Cornus’ Sustainable Building Practices

At Cornus, we believe that sustainable living doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. We’ve worked hard to integrate sustainable practices into our apartment buildings so that our residents can enjoy the benefits of clean, green living. Our buildings are designed to maximise natural light and cross ventilation, minimising the need for artificial heating and cooling. We use energy-efficient appliances and recycled materials wherever possible. We’ve also installed solar panels on the roof to generate renewable energy and smart sensors in our common areas. Our sustainable building practices make it easy for our residents to live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle – without compromising on comfort or convenience. When sourcing our apartment locations, one of our primary considerations is whether it is in a centralised location. With the primary intention of having the building close to amenities, our residents have easy access to public transport, shops, and food. In the design of our building, we do not include any excessive shared facilities such as gyms, pools, and gardens. Excluding these facilities lowers residents’ owners’ corp fees. 

During the building process, we also use low VOC materials and consistently recycle our building materials. We also source sustainable timber and use steel frames. 

When designing our gardens with our landscapers, we include Australian native plants that are accustomed to the landscape and environment. These plants require less watering and maintenance, making them the perfect sustainable option for our courtyards and gardens.  

Some Cornus Developments Sustainability Measures

What Do These Sustainability Practices Mean For You?

When searching for a new place to live, most people usually have a list of must-haves. After all, sustainable living is not only good for the environment, but it can also save money on things like energy and water bills. With more people becoming aware of the importance of sustainability, it’s no surprise that sustainable living is one of the top priorities for apartment buyers. From energy-efficient appliances to solar panels and water-saving fixtures, there are many features that can make a home more sustainable and cost-effective for the buyer. Buyers that purchase a sustainable home are investing in not allowing their future but savings costs on bills down the track. 

If you’re looking for a sustainable, modern, stylish and comfortable home, our apartments are perfect for you. Our projects include locations in Malvern East, Oakleigh, Carnegie and Burwood, which offer residents easy access to public transport as well as all the amenities they need. 

To find out more about our locations, floor plans or pricing, contact Marcus on 0488 845 332 or fill out the form below.

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